April 13, 2018

Leading Malaysian golf resort announces the appointment of Troon stalwart Stephen Havrilla

Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Thursday 12th April): The Els Club Malaysia is today delighted to introduce its new General Manager, Stephen Havrilla.

Mr. Stephen Havrilla
Stephen Havrilla, General Manager – The Els Club Malaysia

With 19 years of experience of working with Troon Golf, Havrilla assumes responsibility for operations of The Els Club Malaysia brand across both of its stunning Malaysian destinations: The Els Club Desaru Coast and The Els Club Teluk Datai.


An avid golfer, Stephen turned his hobby into career when he passed his playing ability test and became a member of the PGA of America in 1999. Joining Troon in 1999, Stephen went on to work with Troon in a number of roles across several international destinations, such as Bahrain, India and South Korea.


A proven leader, his knowledge and experience within golf management is second to none, and with significant experience in developing teams, enhancing profitability and raising operational standards, he will be dedicated to improving upon the already impressive quality and reputation of The Els Club Malaysia with a focus on fine detail and a long-term vision.


Of his appointment, Stephen said: “I am looking to continue to grow and improve both of our fabulous locations and make The Els Club Malaysia one of the world’s bucket list destinations, as well as growing our reputations as one of the leading venues in Malaysia and South East Asia. In both Desaru Coast and Teluk Datai we are blessed with outstanding golfing facilities, and a number of top quality accommodation providers and non-golfing leisure attractions, and I am confident we will be able to attract an increasing number of visits from both domestic and travelling golfers in the coming years.”


After the successful launch of the Desaru Coast’s Valley Course in 2017, Stephen will set his sights initially on its development as a member’s club, working with the agronomy team to meet the high standards of an Ernie Els-designed course and with the view to hosting high-profile international events in the future. Moreover, Stephen will be looking to drive international sales and recognition, helping to establish The Els Club Desaru Coast, in particular, firmly on the map for golfers globally.


Managed by Troon Golf, the world’s leading golf management group, and created by four-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els, the three golf courses across both properties at The Els Club Malaysia are all of the highest possible standard. Collectively, this has enabled the club to quickly assert itself as one of the most talked about experiences in the golf market.


Additionally, with two clubhouses, each with their own distinguished F&B and pro shop outlets, and a dedicated team of hospitality professionals, guests are treated to five-star service from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. With easy accessibility via road, air and sea, both destinations are growing in popularity and with the introduction of a series of luxury hotel brands it makes for an ultimate get golfing getaway.


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Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry by bringing premier world-class hotels, resorts, golf courses and attractions to the region.   Its current key investment portfolio comprises Desaru Coast – a premium integrated destination resort, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort – the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur & KidZania Singapore – an indoor family education and entertainment centre, Puteri Harbour – a quay side lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, Thomas Town – an indoor theme park that features the famous Thomas & Friends® characters on multiple themed rides and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya), along with the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – The Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi. Working with renowned global and local partners and brands, TAR&H aims to be the leading Leisure & Tourism Group bringing world-class destinations to South East Asia, creating over 15,000 jobs.



Ernie Els Design is a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by its principal, four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els. The international scope of Ernie’s 70 professional career victories is mirrored in the increasingly global reach of his designs, with signature courses and renovations making an impact in emerging and established golf markets alike. Ernie Els Design enjoys unique relationships with the world’s finest developers who share the company’s ambitions, creating attractive destinations that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and sound environmental practice. The company employs the most experienced staff – including leading architect Greg Letsche as its senior design associate – and the latest technology from its two offices in Florida and South Africa. With additional field offices in Malaysia and Dubai, the company provides a near 24-hour service and applies the latest technologies and expertise to service our development partners and clients throughout the world. Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with a string of prestigious accolades. Notably, in 2015 Ernie was voted


‘Designer of the Year’ at the World Golf Awards. In addition, many of Ernie’s signature courses have won prestigious industry awards including ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ for The Els Club Teluk Datai in 2014. In 2016, it also became the first layout in the Ernie Els Design portfolio to be listed in Golf Digest’s prestigious ‘World Top-100’.




Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with now more than 250 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf and Troon Privé properties located in 36 states and 30 countries. Additionally, 53 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and Dubai UAE, Troon’s International division is committed to developing Troon’s presence



throughout the world. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 44 courses in 16 countries including Australia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Russia and Spain with further expansion planned across all regions.

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